Tom Brady and Peyton Manning battled 15 times over the years. Most of those games have been exciting, intriguing battles that held playoff seeding or postseason advancement in the balance. Even though the two players never actually step on the field at the same time or truly go head-to-head, it remains arguably the greatest individual rivalry in sports history. As the sports world prepared for Brady vs. Manning XVI, NFL Network ranked the top-10 games from the historic rivalry.
No. 10: 2004 AFC divisional playoff (video not available)
Cold weather and the Patriots defense put the clamps on Peyton Manning's potent offense while Tom Brady got 144 yards rushing from Corey Dillon as the Patriots advanced to the AFC Championship Game on the way to consecutive Super Bowl titles.
No. 9: Brady's first start**
Coming in at number nine on the list is Tom Brady's first start as he takes on Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.
The New England Patriots take on the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday, January 19, 2014.
No. 8: 2013 AFC championship game*(video not available)
Mild Denver weather and a key injury to then-Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib gave Peyton Manning all the opening he needed to move the football with regularity to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.
No. 7: Manning finally wins*
Coming in at number seven on the list, Peyton Manning gets over his hump as he is able to finally defeat Tom Brady in a pivotal game.
No. 6: 4th and 2 game*
Coming in at number six on the list, is the "4th and 2" call where the Indianapolis Colts stopped Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots on a gutsy call.
No. 5: Patriots comeback vs. Broncos*
Coming in at number five on the list, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots make an epic comeback against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
No. 4: Patriots make a stand*
Coming in at number four on the list, the New England Patriots make a monumental defensive play to seal the victory against the Indianapolis Colts.
No. 3: The Undefeated Bowl*
Coming in at number three on the list is the battle of undefeated teams in 2007 as Tom Brady and Peyton Manning square off in a memorable battle.
No. 2: 2003 AFC Championship*
Coming in at number two on the list is the memorable 2003 AFC Championship that was just a glimpse of what would be one of the greatest rivalries in football history.
No. 1: 2006 AFC Championship**
To top off the list, the 2006 AFC Championship was not only a memorable Manning vs. Brady matchup but one of the greatest games of all time.
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